Admissions - PhD Literature
Applications are now closed for Fall 2020
The deadline for Fall 2021 is January 5, 2021 and the
application will be open in October 2020
Applications are reviewed once all supporting materials have been received. For more information about your application status, please check online or contact the graduate program staff.
Graduate Studies' Frequently Asked Questions page covers most general admissions questions, but feel free to contact program staff for more details.
Statement of Purpose
Personal History & Diversity Statement
Three letters of recommendation
TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable
Copies of transcripts
The GRE requirement has been removed for applications to the PhD program!
Please note UC Davis only offers application fee waivers to applicants who have participated in specific graduate preparation programs. Applicants who are affiliated with these programs must indicate their participation AND must provide the name and contact information for their program coordinator in the relevant section of the online application system to receive a fee waiver.
UC Davis requires that applicants to all graduate programs submit both a Statement of Purpose and a Personal History and Diversity Statement. Each essay can be no longer than 4,000 characters including spaces.
- Statement of Purpose
Please highlight your academic preparation and motivation; interests, specializations, and career goals; and fit for pursuing graduate study at UC Davis.
Preparation and Motivation: may include your academic and research experiences that prepare you for this graduate program (for example coursework, employment, exhibitions, fieldwork, foreign language proficiency, independent study, internships, laboratory activities, presentations, publications, studio projects, teaching, and travel or study abroad) and motivation or passion for graduate study.
Interests, Specializations, and Career Goals: may include your research interests, disciplinary subfields, area/s of specialization, and professional objectives.
Fit: may include how your preparation, experiences, and interests match the specific resources and characteristics of your graduate program at UC Davis. Please identify specific faculty within your desired graduate program with whom you would like to work and how their interests match your own.
- Personal History and Diversity Statement
The University of California Davis, a public institution, is committed to supporting the diversity of the graduate student body and promoting equal opportunity in higher education. This commitment furthers the educational mission to serve the increasingly diverse population and educational needs of California and the nation. Both the Vice Provost of Graduate Education/Dean of Graduate Studies and the University of California affirm that diversity is critical to promoting lively intellectual exchange and the variety of ideas and perspectives essential to advancing higher education and research. Our graduate students contribute to the global pool of future scholars and academic leaders, thus high value is placed on achieving a diverse graduate student body to support the University of California’s academic excellence. We invite you to include in this statement how you may contribute to the diversification of graduate education and the UC Davis community.
The purpose of this essay is to get to know you as an individual and a potential graduate student. Please describe how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. You may include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities, residency and citizenship, first-generation college status, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within a campus community and your chosen field; or how you might serve educationally underrepresented and underserved segments of society with your graduate education.
Three Letters of Recommendation
From professors or other persons situated to speak about your potential for graduate study
Copies are allowed - if admitted, you’ll be required to send official transcripts
UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended - instructions can be found here
One-two research or term papers written for English courses; the total should not exceed 30 pages excluding images and bibliography
Prospective students may also submit a Fellowship Application after applying to the program.
All Applicants: Please review the UC Davis Graduate Studies Admissions & Application page in addition to the program requirements listed above.
International Applicants: Please review the following application information from the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies.
- Funding Your PhD
For the Fall 2020 cohort, we recevied 152 applications, admitted 28, 2 are deferring until 2021, and 10 students have enrolled. The previous year, 163 applications were submitted of which 24 were offered admissions and 8 students matriculated.
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